The new Boxster and Boxster S
More sporty, powerful and self-assured
Porsche will launch the new Boxster on 27 November 2004. The 2.7 litre six-cylinder engine will then have 176 kW (240 HP), 8 kW (12 HP) more than previously. The performance of the Boxster S, which will be launched simultaneously, has also been increased from 191 kW (260 HP) to 206 kW (280 HP), while cubic capacity has remained unchanged at 3.2 litres. The Boxster needs only 6.2 seconds to sprint from 0 km/h to 100 km/h, while the Boxster S achieves this in 5.5 seconds. Top speed is 159 mph (256km/h) for the Boxster and 167mph (268 km/h) for the Boxster S.
The Boxster will extend its leading position in the roadster segment, by offering even greater driving pleasure while providing more active and passive safety. Larger wheels and a wider wheel base clearly emphasise the further development of the body shape. At the same time they symbolise the increase in performance of the two models. The new front clearly shows the relationship with the 911 series but still features the characteristic Box-ster nose. The new lighting concept with the separation of main headlamps and front lamps with integrated fog lamps exemplifies this.
When viewed from the side, the larger air vents before the rear axle, the bold door sills, the larger window in the transition from the B-pillar to the roof and the newly designed, larger rims are dominant. The 2.7 litre version now has 17-inch wheels as standard, while the Boxster S features 18-inch wheels.
In the new Boxster power is transmitted by a revised five-speed manual transmission and by a new transmission box with six gears in the S model. The gearshift had been revised for both transmission variants so that shift travel is now considerably shorter. Both vehicles can be optionally equipped with a five-speed Tiptronic S trans-mission.
The Boxster is the first roadster in the world to secure passengers against lateral impact using head airbags. In combination with a thorax airbag, concealed on the outer side of the backrest, the airbag deploys from the side window rail of the door and provides a very high level of protection for the head.
The Boxster will be priced at £32,320 and the Boxster S at £38,720 and will be available in the UK from 27 No-vember 2004.
Report from 07/07/2004